The sensor solution provider HENSOLDT presents at this year’s Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London a new variant of its successful SharpEye naval radar series. The Mk 5 radar is the first open array 80W SharpEye navigation radar especially aimed at the smaller military vessels that require full capability with limited space availability. The new radar is on display on the HENSOLDT booth, No. S3-200 at DSEi 2019. SharpEye radars have been fitted to mor...
Northrop Grumman Corporation will demonstrate multi-domain capabilities that support the defence and security of the U.K., Europe and allies at the 20th Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) event on September 10-13 2019. Autonomous defence systems The Northrop Grumman stand (S5-200) will feature interactive demonstrations of next generation mission and aerospace systems, maritime situational awareness and integrated air and missile defence. Some of the advanced systems on disp...
Renowned sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT will expand its industrial footprint in the UK by strengthening its subsidiary Kelvin Hughes Ltd., and renaming it HENSOLDT UK. HENSOLDT has acquired Kelvin Hughes in 2017 and created a security solutions product line at Kelvin Hughes’ Enfield site. System solutions “We are expanding our activities in the UK and will bring together our existing portfolio with Kelvin Hughes’ offerings,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT....
Sensor solutions supplier, HENSOLDT has successfully passed certification of their MSSR 2000 I identification system (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) by the AIMS Program Office of the US Department of Defense. IFF identification devices This implies that HENSOLDT is the first company outside of the USA to fulfill this critical prerequisite for delivering IFF devices (IFF = Identification Friend or Foe) for the upcoming conversion of all NATO identification systems to the future...
Digital Harmonic, an innovative signal and image processing company founded by Paul Reed Smith, announces the appointment of Mason Baron as Chief Technology Officer. AI, surveillance reconnaissance Baron brings 18 years of software development, large team leadership, artificial intelligence, machine learning, surveillance reconnaissance systems design, and imagery, signal, and radar processing experience to Digital Harmonic. Most recently, he served as Minotaur Chief Naval Architect at Alion...
CLS is proud to introduce at Interpol World Singapore 2019 its brand-new Maritime Awareness System, a unique state-of-the-art platform for maritime intelligence. Extracting actionable Intelligence More and more data are available in the maritime domain today, making it quite possible to monitor large and remote areas. But without the proper tools to extract the information that matters, sheer quantities of data are frightening, overwhelming - and unusable. Thanks to its brand-new MAS platform...
BIRD Aerosystems, global developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has announced plans to officially launch the OSCAR - Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance solution, and demonstrate it for the first time at the Paris Air Show 2019. Maritime Domain Awareness Combined with a secure over-the-cloud deployment and multi-sensor integration, OSCAR is an affordable and quick to deploy Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) solution delivering real-time intelligence and threat assessments for the vessels within the country’s areas of interest. Alongside the OSCAR, BIRD will also present its SPREOS DIRCM in its latest production configuration. "Fully autonomous and personally customised for the needs of each customer, BIRD's OSCAR solution drives operational costs down and detection probabilities up, and I am confident that it will be a real game-changer in the field of maritime surveillance and patrol" says Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Bird Aerosystems. BIRD’s OSCAR is an ideal solution for a nation’s maritime protection needs "The OSCAR Solution and the SPREOS DIRCM are two of our latest innovative and advanced solutions, that demonstrate BIRD's unique capability of combining operational know-how with high-end technology and engineering capability. We are happy to present them at the 2019 Paris Air Show". Machine-learning algorithms BIRD’s OSCAR is an ideal solution for a nation’s maritime protection needs, as it provides 24/7 protection of the maritime domain and Tier 1 Level of prevention against illegal activities at sea such as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, oil theft, smuggling and illegal transshipment, as well as for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) monitoring. BIRD Aerosystems will also present its patented Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System DIRCM Fully autonomous and advanced multi-sensor system, OSCAR applies machine-learning algorithms on real-time data sources such as satellite and terrestrial AIS, satellite SAR/EO/IR, LRIT, coastal radars, tactical sensors and more, and uses it to detect, analyse and prioritise suspicious vessels while providing automatic alerts to the user once these threats are found. Autonomous multi-sensor system Once OSCAR detects potential threats, it plans an effective flight plan for the ASIO special mission aircraft which is then loaded into the MSIS mission management system to enable an effective surveillance mission. Additionally, during the mission OSCAR receives the real-time tactical sensor data of the aircraft which is then further analysed and detect additional possible threats. BIRD Aerosystems will also present its patented Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System (SPREOS) DIRCM, which combines a radar-based confirmation sensor and an active laser jammer to ensure optimal protection against different MANPADS threat types. The patented SPREOS uniquely performs threat confirmation to ensure zero false alarms hence jamming will be activated only once the threat has been confirmed and analysed.
Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience in spearheading the industrial lighting and equipment sectors, has announced the release of an explosion proof 1080p analog submersible camera for underwater monitoring in freshwater environments. This unit can be submerged up to 50 feet and is available in a fixed lens configuration and has a 3.6mm 90-degree lens for wide-area viewing. Explosion-proof analogue cameras The EXPCMR-SWP.FW-ALG-1080P-IC-1227-12.7-100C explosion proof 1080p analog camera provides operators with a live feed of underwater environments in freshwater hazardous locations. This unit can operate remotely from a centralised control room and features an infrared LED array for lowlight and nighttime visibility. The camera automatically switches over to IR mode when lux levels drop below present level and a true Day/Night infrared cut-off filter removal creates a sharp image transmitting with zero latency to HD resolution through a metal clad coax cable to customer-provided DVR systems. Underwater monitoring and surveillance Larson Electronics’ explosion proof camera features a pressure-resistant 316 stainless-steel body and features 1 lux sensitivity and a 2-wire transmitter with a stainless-steel mounting bracket. This unit also features a built-in color CCD camera and a 1/3” CCD sensor. The lens features a 28-degree to 60-degree viewing angle with a minimum lens-to-object distance of 3.15” and is rated for use in Class I, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups B, C and D; Class I, Zones 1 and 2, Groups IIB+H2 and IIA, Class II, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups E, F and G; and Class II, Divisions 1 and 2. This unit comes with 100 feet of 12/5 SOOW pre-wired cord and Kellum cord grip to provide power and video signal to the camera. This unit can be mounted to flat surfaces via the provided flat surface brackets. This unit is suitable for use in underwater operations in fresh water, underwater monitoring, remote observation of external facilities, and more.
UDT 2019, the 32nd in the annual Underwater Defence Technology event series, will open at the Stockholmsmässan Exhibition Centre on 13th May for three days. Stockholmsmässan is close to the city centre, well served by regular metro trains, with several large hotels nearby. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is only 30 minutes away by commuter train, which runs 8 times every hour. The venue is the Nordic region’s largest exhibition centre and offers the exhibition plenty of room to expand, whilst simultaneously hosting UDT’s sister events – ITEC, which focusses on military training and simulation, and Electronic Warfare. 2019 is the first year that all three events are co-located, enabling attendees to spark new ideas, create new collaborations and partnerships, and extend networks. It also provides senior military personnel with a more efficient use of their increasingly precious time, thereby growing the number of officers in attendance. Investing in anti-submarine warfare UDT 2019 will examine how the underwater defence and security environment fits into a Total Defence architectureThe overall theme of UDT 2019 is ‘Total defence: undersea defence and security in a deteriorating global environment’. Sweden’s Defence Policy 2016-2020 establishes the Swedish approach to the deteriorating global security environment. It highlights that the underwater environment and specifically anti-submarine warfare (ASW) is an area in which Sweden is investing. Other nations are responding to the declining international environment in similar ways. Responding to Sweden’s ‘Total Defence’ approach, UDT 2019 will examine how the underwater defence and security environment fits into a Total Defence architecture. The conference will examine how new and emerging technologies may be deployed. It will also consider how incremental developments in established technologies are enabling new approaches to traditional underwater defence disciplines. UDT 2019 will look at technological developments, and adaptation of existing systems, to improve capability and performance. It will consider disruptive technologies and unique deployment strategies, with a focus on creating a Total Defence approach for military forces and civil marine security services. Maritime challenges faced by countries Although the issues that the country faces are products of its geography, many nations tackle a similar mix of challengesUDT 2019 brings together professionals from the military, industry and academia to focus on the cutting-edge technologies and developments within one of the harshest environments known to man. Sweden occupies a key geographic location in the Baltic Sea. Although the issues that the country faces are products of its geography, many nations tackle a similar mix of challenges. These include: proximity to a key global trading artery; shallow littoral waters with many islands; critical national and international infrastructure in the maritime environment; complex maritime boundaries; and a need to operate in the global oceanic environment in order to assert national and international interests. The core purpose of UDT 2019 is to empower those who serve their nations in joint, combined and distributed contexts by providing them with the most innovative strategies available in the undersea defence arena. Military Diving Conference The 2019 show will also host the Military Diving Conference, which was launched in 2018 to great acclaim. Focussing on the unique challenges of diving under hostile conditions, this two-day conference will share the latest technological developments aimed at improving the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of military divers across the spectrum of dive operations. The conference will share the latest technological developments aimed at improving the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of military diversThe conference will also provide a platform for inter-service and international diver elements to meet and discuss capabilities and requirements in the pursuit of greater cooperation and interoperability. Industry will be on hand to demonstrate how their new solutions can solve these requirements, and share how others are solving common problems faced by those working undersea. Interoperable military and civil defence Sweden has been leading the VIKING series of exercises since 1999, alongside participants from the United Nations, European Union, civilian authorities, police, military and representatives from humanitarian organisations. VIKING is a practical extension of efforts to improve mission readiness in a time- and resource-effective manner - to build interoperable military and civil defence, and to build on work already undertaken by NATO to better connect joint forces within, across, and among nations. Nations have unique imperatives as well as those they share with others when considering national defence and the protection of civilian populations. These imperatives are driven by external and internal factors such as population, geography, climate, resources, and the choices made by each society in response to both their national and international environment. Re-examining the military models adopted This is a unique opportunity for defence forces around the Baltic Sea to look at new development in technology"The current international situation is causing many nations to re-evaluate their choices, and to re-examine the models they have adopted for their military and civil forces. Sweden’s Defence Policy 2016-2020 establishes the UDT 2019 host nation’s approach to the deteriorating global security environment – that of ‘Total Defence’ – in which linkages between all branches of national security are fully interoperable. The conference chair is Mr. Bert Johansson, Director Business Development & Strategy at Saab Dynamics AB, Sweden. “This is a unique opportunity for defence forces around the Baltic Sea, and elsewhere, to look at new development in technology and share experience relevant to this region,” Mr. Johansson said, welcoming attendees to UDT 2019.
HENSOLDT, the independent sensor solutions supplier, is presenting its wide range of sensor technologies at this year’s International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. For the first time, HENSOLDT will present its newly developed PrecISR airborne multifunction radar, as well as the extended portfolio of its Xpeller counter-UAV system. You can obtain further information at the HENSOLDT stand in Hall 9, booth B-18. “We are interconnecting all essential sensor technologies to provide our customers with information superiority at any time,” said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We thus create the basis for decisions of political leaders and military commanders, while also contributing to the success of a mission and protecting soldiers in operations.” Surveillance of sea and coastal areas PrecISRTM's superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracyThe software-defined airborne radar named PrecISRTM (derived from ‘precise’, pronunciation: ‘priˈsaiser’) translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor which can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircraft. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracy, trafficking or illicit intrusion. Together with this airborne radar, HENSOLDT is displaying its latest developments in land-based and naval radar. The TRML-4D is a land-based multifunctional radar ensuring rapid detection and tracking of approximately 1,500 targets in a radius of up to 250 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km. It uses the latest AESA radar technology (AESA = Active Electronically Scanned Array), which enables the acquisition of targets after just one rotation of the antenna, thus improving the response time and hit probability. Supports anti-air and anti-surface operations The naval radar TRS-4D belongs to the same product family. It is designed to support anti-air and anti-surface operations. Its rotating antenna combines mechanical and electronic azimuth scanning to achieve fast generation of target tracks. TRS-4D is available both in a rotating variant and another with four fixed arrays. HENSOLDT shows its ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system to be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions from the air The rotating variant is currently being installed onboard the US Navy’s ‘Freedom’ class Littoral Combat Ships while the non-rotator is delivered to the German Navy’s F125 frigates. It comes together with the SharpEye naval radar which provides the world’s navies and coast guards with surface search, navigation and helicopter control capabilities. TwInvis, Xpeller and ARGOS-II systems Furthermore, HENSOLDT is presenting its TwInvis passive radar which analyses the echoes of signals from radio or TV stations, so as to create a recognised air picture (RAP) within a radius of more than 200 kilometres in real time. Another exhibit to be seen is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, whose mission is to detect small drones, so as to protect critical infrastructure, large events or military facilities. In addition, HENSOLDT shows its ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system to be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions from the air. It can be equipped with high resolution HD infrared and daylight cameras as well as with laser rangefinders and laser designators. MILDS self-protection sensor The MILDS self-protection sensor for helicopters and wide-body aircraft detects attacking missiles and initiates countermeasuresThe MILDS (Missile Launch Detection System) self-protection sensor for helicopters and wide-body aircraft detects attacking missiles and initiates countermeasures. It is a passive imaging sensor detecting the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. It enhances considerably the protection against anti-aircraft missiles such as shoulder-fired infrared-guided missiles. It has proven itself in operational use as the standard missile warning device on helicopters and transport/mission aircraft world-wide, including Tiger, NH90, CH-53, CH-47 and C-130.
Three startups developing technologies with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) successfully transitioned their products to DHS and the Homeland Security Enterprise in 2018. These three transitions are the first to come from SVIP, a program designed to connect DHS with startups and small businesses to seek innovative solutions for the most pressing threats facing the homeland security mission and to rapidly and effectively expand the range of technologies available to the Homeland Security Enterprise. DHS S&T launched the program in December 2015. SVIP closely collaborates with DHS components to develop topic calls to ensure new projects accurately address operational needs“By engaging with small businesses and startups, S&T has gained access to the previously inaccessible, cutting-edge innovations available in the commercial market,” said William N. Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Science and Technology. “Each of the companies transitioning technologies developed innovative solutions that address real and pressing challenges faced by DHS. They have put in hard work, and S&T is proud to announce these successful transitions.” Enhancing border security operations All three companies transitioned their technologies into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations. It is no coincidence that CBP was the first component to procure or integrate SVIP performer technologies—it was the first operational component to collaborate with SVIP on the development of a topic call for new technologies. SVIP closely collaborates with DHS components to develop topic calls to ensure new projects accurately address operational needs. “CBP partnered with DHS S&T to expand our innovation ecosystem by engaging with startup companies through the Silicon Valley Innovation Program,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “These successful transitions demonstrate CBP’s goal of delivering innovative and cutting-edge technologies that enhance the effectiveness of our border security operations and the safety of our frontline personnel.” Tamr (Cambridge, Massachusetts) CBP developed GTAS in accordance with UN Resolution 2178 to combat foreign terrorist fighters by using industry-regulated traveller informationTamr was one of CBP’s “charter class” of initial companies under SVIP and was the first SVIP project to transition to CBP use. First awarded by SVIP in December 2016, Tamr received its award to enhance the Global Traveler Assessment System (GTAS), a non-proprietary computer application available to partner countries that provide the capability to screen foreign travellers. CBP developed GTAS in accordance with UN Resolution 2178 to combat foreign terrorist fighters by using industry-regulated traveller information. Tamr’s software allows for improved entity resolution—the analysis of multiple datasets to determine matches between entities, datasets and possible relationships—within GTAS. This technology is now fully incorporated into the system. Tamr’s capability lives within the core GTAS application and helps users sort through data that appears to be the same, but are, in fact, different—a common challenge in the dynamic travel environment. In addition to the integrated code, Tamr also offers a free GTAS-specific license for additional functionality and a customisation feature as an optional payable service. These additional offerings are available in the commercial marketplace, making Tamr the first SVIP portfolio company to commercialise their work. Echodyne Corp. (Kirkland, Washington) The compact, lightweight MESA radar units have the potential for multiple applications in a variety of border security scenariosAnother member of the charter class, Echodyne was first awarded by SVIP in December 2016. Echodyne Corp. created the Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) radar system. This system uses metamaterials—engineered, artificial materials with properties not found in nature—to build a new architecture for an all-electronic scanning radar system. The use of metamaterials means MESA has significantly lower cost, size, weight and power-usage than other radar systems. The compact, lightweight MESA radar units have the potential for multiple applications in a variety of border security scenarios. CBP procured a pilot quantity of MESA radar units and intends to test their efficacy in two programs and evaluate them for the ability to improve border situational awareness. In addition to this testing, Echodyne’s solution is currently being used as the primary detection and cueing component on autonomous surveillance towers currently deployed in the San Diego Sector. These towers are being piloted with the potential of incorporation into border surveillance programs. Following additional testing, CBP has considered procuring additional radar units over the next three years. Echodyne’s work could directly support both land and maritime enforcement systems, a transition made possible through the partnership between CBP and SVIP. DataRobot, Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts) By applying AML to this development process, DataRobot is able to produce models faster and more accuratelyDataRobot was originally awarded in September of 2017 and is the youngest of the SVIP projects to transition. This year, CBP procured pilot licenses of DataRobot’s capability for the GTAS. DataRobot applied automated machine learning (AML) to GTAS to expedite the development of predictive models. Currently, the time required to develop predictive models places those models at risk of being outdated before they are completed. By applying AML to this development process, DataRobot is able to produce models faster and more accurately. AML is also easier to use than traditional machine learning—it can automatically complete complex tasks while simplifying the user experience. DataRobot’s technology is now being used to help CBP conduct the counter-narcotics mission, identify ways to improve the facilitation of lawful trade and travel, and develop and test synthetics datasets to further spur CBP innovation. More transitions to follow in 2019 “These transitions are proof of the power of collaboration between DHS and startups and between SVIP and operational components like CBP,” said Melissa Oh, SVIP Managing Director. “With dozens more companies currently in the program, we can expect more transitions in 2019.”
A new record in visitor numbers has underlined what has been the most successful edition yet for one of the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection in Dubai. The 21st edition of Intersec, which concluded its three-day run on 22nd January 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracted 35,889 visitors from 126 countries, a 23 per cent year-on-year increase over the previous year (29,000 in 2018). Six sections at the event Intersec 2019 took up a sprawling 60,000sqm at its Dubai venue, with Fire and Rescue forming the largest section, comprising 431 exhibitorsWith 1,212 exhibitors from 54 countries, six show sections, 15 country pavilions, live outdoor demonstrations, a drone zone, and the new Future Security Summit, Intersec was at its very best, where new business partnerships shared the stage with innovative product launches. Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Intersec 2019 took up a sprawling 60,000sqm at its Dubai venue, with Fire and Rescue forming the largest section, comprising 431 exhibitors. Commercial Security was the next largest with 375 exhibitors, followed by Safety & Health (142 exhibitors), Information Security (120 exhibitors), Homeland Security & Policing (90 exhibitors), and Physical & Perimeter Security (54 exhibitors). Partnerships announced and products launched Andreas Rex, Intersec’s show director, said: “We put in a lot of effort into making this edition of Intersec the most comprehensive yet in terms of increasing the diversity of our exhibitor range and offering a more engaging conference format, while at the same time returning with improved popular highlights such as the outdoor live demonstration area. A lot of exhibitors used Intersec 2019 to not only announce important strategic business partnerships, but to launch their latest products" “A lot of exhibitors used Intersec 2019 to not only announce important strategic business partnerships, but to launch their latest products for the global marketplace. The visitor response has certainly been the most pleasing aspect of the show this year and with the Dubai Expo 2020 coming up, we expect the 22nd edition of Intersec in 2020 to be even more successful,” Rex added. Hydrogen-powered drone Intersec is supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), and the Dubai Municipality. A further 35 international government partners, trade associations, and non-profit institutions also participated this year. Dubai Police was among the hundreds of exhibitors launching their latest solutions, and this year unveiled a hydrogen-powered drone which will be used to survey mountainous and marine areas. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security manufacturers were also on-board, including 17 of the top 20 incumbents comprising Hikvision, Dahua, ASSA ABLOY, Bosch Security Systems, Axis Communications, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, Tiandy Technologies, Avigilon, Infinova, Optex, VIVOTEK, CP Plus, Nedap, Raysharp, Milestone Systems, and Kedacom. Dubai-based Bristol, a global leader in fire protection services and equipment, unveiled the latest innovative firefighting technologies, including a UAE-built fire truck, fire suppression systems and powerful water pump solutions. Implementing safe and efficient buildings Dubai-based Bristol unveiled the latest innovative firefighting technologies, including a UAE-built fire truck Meanwhile, smarter and safer cities were key themes that resonated throughout Intersec 2019. This was underlined by a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the show between Smartworld, a UAE systems integrator, and Honeywell Building Solutions – the global leader in connected buildings – to implement digitally transformed, sustainable, safe and efficient buildings across the UAE. The resounding visitor response to Intersec 2019 comes as demand for security, safety, and fire protection in the Middle East continues to climb. According to analysts 6Wresearch, the regional market for physical and perimeter security, commercial and information security, fire protection, and drones, is currently estimated to be worth US$14.5 billion, with this estimated to grow to be worth US$31 billion in 2024. AI-based security and surveillance systems Attracting the most attention on the show floor were AI-based security and surveillance systems with applications across safe city and smart home security systems. High-definition IP-Network cameras and analytics software used across various industries ranging from banking and retail to hospitality and oil & gas were also among those drawing greatest interest. Intersec is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The 22nd edition returns in 2020.
The term ‘marine’ comes from the Latin mare, meaning sea or ocean, and marine habitats can be divided into two categories: coastal and open ocean. Video surveillance (VS) applications can cover both types of marine environment with system for ships, maritime ports, onshore and offshore installations, etc. We should want to further analyse VS for ships and try to explain the types of ships on which it can be used, the ways in which VS can be used on ships, the typical certifications in use and what features a camera station must have to be installed on a ship. Starting with ships that have a minimum tonnage, around the world we have: liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, passengers ships, chemical tankers, crude oil tankers, container ships, general cargo ships and bulk carriers.As the LNG market grows rapidly, the fleet of LNG carriers continues to experience tremendous growth, offering more opportunities for VS Video surveillance for all marine vessels An LNG carrier is a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas. As the LNG market grows rapidly, the fleet of LNG carriers continues to experience tremendous growth. A passenger ship is a merchant ship whose primary function is to carry passengers by sea. This category does not include cargo vessels which have accommodation for a limited number of passengers, but rather includes the likes of ferries, yachts, ocean liners and cruise ships. A chemical tanker is a type of tank ship designed to transport chemicals in bulk. These ships can also carry other types of sensitive cargo which require a high standard of tank cleaning, such as palm oil, vegetable oils, tallow, caustic soda and methanol. An oil tanker, also known as a petroleum tanker, is a merchant ship designed for the bulk transport of oil. There are two basic types of oil tankers: crude tankers and product tankers. Crude tankers move large quantities of unrefined crude oil from its point of extraction to refineries. Product tankers, generally much smaller, are designed to move refined products from refineries to points near consuming markets. Container ships are cargo ships that carry their entire load in truck-size intermodal containers: a technique called containerisation. They are a common means of commercial intermodal freight transport and now carry most seagoing non-bulk cargo. Today, about 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide is transported by container. A cargo ship or freighter ship is any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods and materials from one port to another. Cargo ships are specially designed for the task, often being equipped with cranes and other mechanisms to load and unload, and come in all sizes. Bulk carriers make up 15%–17% of the world's merchant ships and they are specially designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo such as grains, coal, ore and cement in its cargo holds. For all these ships the protection of vessels, cargo and crew is a priority, that’s why the adoption of VS technology plays a key part in terms of security and safety. Human error is regularly named as a major factor in ship accidents, and one way to avoid it is to aid seafarers by providing them with technology and equipment that is reliable and easy to use in all weather and sea conditions. Marine VS encompasses liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, passengers ships, chemical tankers, crude oil tankers, container ships, general cargo ships and bulk carriers Emergency security solutions on ship One of the most important applications for camera stations is during “docking”. Mooring is the securing or confining of a vessel in a particular location with a fixed or a floating object (jetty, pier, ship, barge, buoy, etc.) as various cargo operations are carried out. Docking is the final stage of mooring operations when the ship docks to the jetty. This is a very delicate operation and cameras are very helpful in making sure docking is done without accidents.'Man overboard’ is an emergency in which a person has fallen off a boat or ship into the water, and can happen at any time during the day or night Another important application for camera stations is the Man Overboard detection system (MOB). ‘Man overboard’ is an emergency in which a person has fallen off a boat or ship into the water. Man overboard events can happen at any time during the day or night, in all types of weather and sea conditions, and from almost any location on the ship, ranging from a few tens of feet above the water, to over 180 feet. When these events occur, the immediate availability of important data is crucial. Accurate confirmation of the event including time of occurrence, location on the ship and location in the sea is critical. A proactive detection system must immediately and accurately detect man overboard events and provide prompt, actionable data to response personnel. A typical man overboard detection system can report a MOB event in under 1 second. VS on a vessel can also monitor the engine room at all times and provide a good view of people working on dock, machinery and stowed equipment. But what are the most important features that a camera station must have to work in one of the most aggressive environments in nature? Marine surveillance must operate in one of the most harsh environments in nature Ruggedised reliability in surveillance First of all, and perhaps it’s obvious, but it’s extremely important to have camera stations with amazing reliability. Housing units manufactured from AISI 316L stainless steel, passivated and electropolished, makes the cameras completely impervious to air, water, rusting and corrosion, therefore offering excellent weather protection and increased reliability. Housing units manufactured from AISI 316L stainless steel, passivated and electropolished, makes the cameras completely impervious to air, water, rusting and corrosion Sometimes ships also use cameras constructed entirely from technopolymer, which guarantees high impact resistance and superior protection from external weather agents. Keeping the camera glass clean at all times is another essential feature, and it can be done via a wiper/wash system that greatly reduces the need for maintenance. In the case of PTZ cameras, the best option would be a great pan and tilt speed (up to 100°/s). What is the operative temperature range for the cameras? Sea is everywhere and therefore ships go everywhere, from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean, so we need cameras that have to be fully operational across a wide temperature range. -40°C to +65°C covers almost all areas. Analogue or IP Cameras? Actually, both options can be used, especially for applications like docking where it’s important to avoid image delay (as can happen with IP cameras due to the natural latency of data communication over a network). Marine certifications Last but not least, the certifications: Certifications guarantee the quality and reliability of camera stations. There is no compromise! One important certification is the Lloyd’s Register Type Approval which subjects cameras to rigorous testing for performance, vibration (critical on ships), humidity, etc. The application field of the LR Type Approval is VS in public places (e.g. passenger ships), open decks, enclosed spaces that are subjected to heat generated from other equipment, and technical premises. Often, VS cameras used in specific areas of ships, such as hazardous areas, are required to have ATEX and IECEX certifications.
As the technology in omnidirectional cameras continues to improve, they are becoming increasingly more affordable to a wider segment of the video surveillance market Just a few years ago, omnidirectional cameras were a novelty. Today, however, this technology has taken the leap to the mainstream. Think about how ubiquitous Google’s Street View is, and you can gain a better idea of the power of omnidirectional cameras. Even consumers are starting to see many forms of omnidirectional cameras, from 360-degree lenses on SLRs to 360-degree video from action cameras. To that end, 360-degree cameras represent one of the strongest areas of growth in surveillance technology, with global unit shipments forecasted by IHS to increase by more than 60 percent year-on-year. Omnidirectional vs. traditional cameras Both 360- and 180-degree surveillance cameras offer panoramic views, helping reduce the number of traditional narrow field-of-view cameras needed in a single installation. Omnidirectional cameras can also be used in concert with PTZ cameras, or replace them entirely depending on the application. Not only does this help increase situational awareness, it decreases the overall cost of the cameras, installation and maintenance. Compared to PTZ cameras, omnidirectional cameras have the advantage of being able to pan, tilt and zoom around in both live, as well as stored video, which means operators can pinpoint problems in real-time, ensuring incidents can be resolved quickly and efficiently, and at the same time, go back to stored 360-degree video to conduct investigations. The option for 180- and 360-degree coverage from a single camera is delivered via a specialised lens on one sensor or a camera that integrates with multiple sensors with conventional lenses aligned to provide an ultra-wide-angle coverage. Single-lens or “fisheye” cameras use a specialised lens called a fisheye lens, which, when compared to a conventional lens, employs different optical design techniques that can lead to the distortion of the captured image when viewing beyond a 90-degree horizontal field-of-view. With this, “barrel distortion” can occur, where a circular image is created and a straight line within the captured image appears curved. ‘Dewarping’ software has to be used to correct this optical illusion. As a consequence of lens design idiosyncrasies in 180- and 360-degree fisheye cameras, either an oval or circular shaped imaged is created. Since image sensors used in surveillance cameras are square or rectangular, some parts of the sensor are not used. Increasingly affordable solutions As the technology in these types of cameras continues to improve, they are becoming increasingly more affordable to a wider segment of the video surveillance market. Similarly, higher resolutions and more affordable storage for video data make it more affordable to get increased amounts of coverage and detail at the same time. As mentioned previously, cost savings can also be realised when a single 360-degree camera replaces three to four fixed cameras, a result that can be recreated in other areas or departments within an organisation to help realise additional cost savings. Fisheye vs. multi-sensor Fisheye and multi-sensor cameras both create panoramic images, but do so in very different ways. Fisheye cameras capture the whole scene in a single view without having to stitch images, so the full view of the captured video footage has consistent brightness, sharpness and contrast across the entire scene. Fisheye cameras also offer a number of other benefits: higher reliability as a result of a single sensor, camera and lens arrangement; no blind spots; fixed focus, making installation quicker; lower cost; and a smaller, less obtrusive form factor. Additionally, the dewarping of the image is carried out in the video management system or network video recorder, allowing for higher frame rates at any given bandwidth. Omnidirectional cameras can pan, tilt and zoom around in both live and stored video, which means operators can pinpoint problems in real-time However, fisheye cameras may have fewer pixels per foot, depending on the total resolution, and these types of cameras require client-side dewarping to gain the full benefits of retrospective image adjustment – that is, dewarping of stored video for investigations. Multi-sensor cameras, on the other hand, may offer a higher total resolution depending on the individual resolution of each of the sensors within the camera. Here, dewarping is not required since each sensor is, in essence, a narrow field-of-view camera. Multi-sensor cameras, however, have more than one sensor, which can lead to an overall higher maintenance costs, and with four or more cameras needed to cover a specific area, there is an increased risk that one or more of the sensors can malfunction — in essence, lower reliability. Installation of multi-sensor cameras is also more complicated and more time-intensive. Additionally, the units themselves can be large and bulky, and complex to operator and manage — each view has to be stitched together, which means captured images have to be carefully calibrated with the correct brightness, colour, contrast and sharpness for the image to be as clear and seamless as it needs to be for viewing and evidentiary purposes. Other possible considerations include: additional licensing fees for each camera connected to an NVR or VMS, total frame rate is generally lower and bandwidth usage will be high. Also, storage costs are higher. As businesses look to increase situational awareness by investing in omnidirectional cameras, it’s important to carefully evaluate the technology being implemented and various options before moving forward with an implementation Dewarping images If a camera sends a 360-degree image, the VMS software has to dewarp the image so that users can get normal views while electronically PTZ’ing around in the image. This is called “client-side” dewarping. With client-side dewarping, images can be dewarped retrospectively — that is, stored video can be dewarped, enabling users to forensically analyse a scene after the fact. The result is that investigations can be carried on as if the video were being watched in real time, making the data indispensable to investigators examining the details of a crime or security breach. Not only does this approach deliver new levels of situational awareness, but it also allows officials to use the data to examine additional areas of interest. The virtual PTZ function can only be experienced via client-side dewarping for stored video, and it can also be run on still images. Additionally, different parts of the image might be useful for different applications that are hard to predict in advance. For example, a merchandiser may want to zoom in and look at signage or an end cap after the fact to gain better insight into the business. Client-side dewarping may also be run on mobile devices, on either live or on stored video. One challenge of client-side dewarping is that VMS and NVR platforms have to support this function. There are already a large number of platforms that support this functionality because of end user demand. On the other hand, camera-side dewarping does not require a VMS/NVR platform to integrate this function. Camera-side dewarping means you can only virtually PTZ around in a live scene, which is the same as using a motorised PTZ camera – and this function requires an operator to manually navigate and record what the camera sees. Once these views are fixed, a user may only see those views in stored footage, severely limiting the possibility of being able to capture a wider scene for analysis. This means there may be more blind spots in live and stored video depending on how the views are configured. Evaluating technology implemented As businesses look to increase situational awareness by investing in omnidirectional cameras, it’s important to carefully evaluate the technology being implemented and various options before moving forward with an implementation. There are a number of pros and cons to dewarping software and the views within the cameras to consider. But, with higher resolutions and more efficient dewarping/stitching technologies, omnidirectional cameras may soon replace narrow field-of-view and PTZ cameras in a number of vertical markets, including transportation, retail, education, banking and finance, maritime, leisure and gaming, ushering in a new era of total situational awareness with a wealth of data and insight yet untapped.
Stowaway incidents in the last two months in the United Kingdom have dramatised the desperate nature of individual attempts to cross borders. They have also exposed the callous methods of human traffickers. Sixty-eight foreign nationals were discovered in four lorries at the port of Harwich on the south coast of England in June after the vehicles had disembarked from a Stena Line ferry entering English waters from Holland. None of the group, which included 15 children and two pregnant women, sustained significant injuries, but seven were taken to hospital. They had been allegedly hiding among washing machines, and four Polish truck drivers are under arrest on suspicion of facilitating an attempt at illegal immigration. The incident has parallels with the discovery of 35 Afghan Sikh migrants in a container at the nearby Tilbury Docks in August 2014 and the horrifying memory of 15 years ago when 58 Chinese people died in a lorry at the port of Dover in Kent. Early detection So what equipment is available from the physical security industry to deter stowaways and, at worst, to detect them at the earliest point of their attempted journey, be it in cargo vessel containers, in lorries within ferries, inside aircraft and even on the underside of aircraft? I mention this final bizarre method since, literally as I type, authorities at London Heathrow Airport have found a stowaway within the undercarriage of a plane that has travelled the 8,000 miles from Johannesburg. He has survived the journey (which would have involved temperatures as low as –60 degrees C or –76 degrees F) but is in a critical condition. Another stowaway was found dead on the roof of a building below the Heathrow flight path. Police are refusing to link the incidents as yet but the weight of evidence suggests they are related. Perimeter fencing may have been breached in the case of the plane stowaways who must somehow have accessed the restricted “airside” area of O.R. Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg. But perimeter protection can be discounted as irrelevant to the Harwich seaport incidents since it appears likely that the drivers accused of abetting the sea-bound migrants allowed them to enter the vehicles, and did so prior to the ship leaving the port. Low-energy x-ray scanning, typically using a 300kV source, is one of many practical techniques that even allow drivers and passengers to remain in a vehicle while it is inspected. One would hope incidents of the kind at Harwich might see more port operators willing to absorb the major initial capital investment and high running costs in order to demonstrate vigilance. The International Maritime Organisation has quoted anecdotal evidence that South Africa is seen as an onward departure point for container ships travelling to Europe Technological advances As a veteran correspondent in this sector, one thing that encourages me is seeing product developers operating in disparate areas in order to achieve the same goal. I recently spoke to a consultant friend who had completed a job at a high-security jail in New South Wales. He reported how, soon after vacating their truck for an inspection as they left the jail, contractors made an off-colour joke to the effect that they might have an inmate hidden in the vehicle. The prison governor happened to be watching and snapped back that his technology could detect the heartbeat of a mouse inside the truck. This was no exaggeration, and he was describing a system whereby micro sensors and cables detect miniscule movement and vibrations transmitted to the vehicle’s suspension system in a process that is similar to the electrocardiograms that medics use to measure the intensity of cardiac electrical signals. A limiting factor to this approach is that it is suited to cars and trucks by virtue of the fact that they are cushioned from the ground by shock absorbers, springs and rubber tyres so preventing the earth (or the sea in the case of a ship) from acting as a vibrational damper. Scrutinising cargo from boats or freight trains is eminently achievable, but the containers must first be removed and placed on a gantry frame device that replicates the cushioning effect of a road vehicle. Various technological approaches must be used in concert according to environment and the type of threat from stowaways and would-be illegal migrants. In the UK, the Home Office imposes mandatory fines of £2,000 on drivers for each stowaway and may also fine the vehicle’s owner. A plea of ignorance from the driver is not countenanced by authorities who expect general vigilance. A technology that can be used by both truck drivers and marine ports is measurement of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a suspect shipping container or lorry. Probes can be inserted into vehicles without alerting stowaways, and major manufacturers can measure CO2 at levels down to 10,000 parts per million. A distressing aspect to the plight of marine stowaways is that they frequently run out of water and food during their attempted journeys Curbing illegal immigration A distressing aspect to the plight of marine stowaways is that they frequently run out of water and food during their attempted journeys but must remain concealed in inaccessible hiding places. Currently, the port of Durban is a favourite destination for illegal migrants on journeys from South America, and while recent figures are not available, a staggering 32 stowaways were found in Durban in the months of March and April 2014 alone. The International Maritime Organisation has quoted anecdotal evidence that South Africa is seen as an onward departure point for container ships travelling to Europe. The United Kingdom remains a favoured destination, with illegal immigrants making final “short haul” journeys from northern France often in cars and small vans as opposed to lorries. The BBC has just reported that in the 12 months up to June 2015, a staggering 100 Britons have been jailed in France for people-smuggling through a single port, Calais. The security sector’s varied technical resources discussed here should easily outstrip the determination and ingenuity of people traffickers. However, in a time of budgetary austerity throughout the public sector, our industry must continually demonstrate to purchasing managers how evolving products can prevent major incidents such as the deaths at Tilbury, west London and Durban. The most disturbing thought is how many large-scale trafficking incidents (possibly involving risk to life) may be going undetected every day.
Globally renowned sensor solutions provider, HENSOLDT will equip the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel “Svalbard” with the latest version of its TRS-3D naval radar and MSSR 2000 IIFF System. This is already the second upgrade contract from the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency as HENSOLDT is already under contract to equip the three new Arctic Coast Guard Vessels in the P6615 Program with the upgraded radar and IFF system. TRS-3D naval radar system Under both contracts worth more than € 27 m HENSOLDT will deliver four TRS-3D radars including the latest solid-state technology and signal processing software and will deliver them from 2021, in parallel to the building program of the new Arctic Coast Guard vessels. The TRS-3D includes a secondary radar MSSR 2000 I for Identification-friend-or-foe (IFF). It operates all current IFF modes, including the latest “Mode S/Mode 5 Level 1/2” standard answering the most recent NATO requirements. Our TRS-3D naval radar is an extremely reliable radar, particularly suited for littoral missions" “Our TRS-3D naval radar is an extremely reliable radar, particularly suited for littoral missions”, said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We are taking the upgrade contract of the Norwegian Coast Guard as proof of the customer’s satisfaction with our product and services”. Air and sea surveillance TRS-3D is a three-dimensional multimode naval radar for air and sea surveillance. It includes the ability to correlate plots and tracks of targets with the MSSR 2000 I identification system for automatic identification of vessels and aircraft which is essential to avoid friendly fire and to establish a comprehensive situation picture. It is used for automatically locating and tracking all types of air and sea targets and safe guidance of on-board helicopters. Thanks to its signal processing technologies, the TRS-3D is particularly suited for the early detection of low flying or slow moving objects under extreme environmental conditions. Naval surveillance and security More than 50 units of the radar are in operation with naval forces around the world. Among the ships equipped are frigates and corvettes of the German Navy, the US Coast Guard National Security Cutters and the "Squadron 2000" patrol boats of the Finnish Navy.
EchoGuard receives FCC Equipment Authorisation allowing widespread deployment of the radar for security, surveillance, and airspace management applications. EchoGuard radar Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, announces that it has received approval from the FCC for widespread deployment of its EchoGuard radar for radiolocation and radionavigation in the United States. FCC Equipment Authorisation allows the radar to be used throughout the US for ground, airspace surveillance The FCC Equipment Authorisation allows the radar to be used throughout the United States for ground and airspace surveillance applications that detect and track potential security threats with high accuracy and for ground-based airspace management applications that ensure safe navigation of commercial drone missions. Electronically Scanning Array radar Echodyne's innovative metamaterials technology and powerful software combine to create an electronically scanning array (ESA) radar in a compact, solid-state format at commercial price points for the very first time. The radar has been demonstrating award-winning performance for government, law enforcement, security, and UAS / UTM customers for some time via experimental licenses. "We are excited that EchoGuard has received this authorisation allowing its widespread adoption in the US," said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne. "With the growing number of troubling drone incursions at airports, stadiums, and other facilities, there is tremendous demand for high-performance radar sensors. Tackling drone threats Eben adds, "Our innovative radar technology and software greatly increases the ability for security systems to accurately detect and track drone threats, as well as improves ground tracking of people, vehicles, and vessels. Our radar outperforms every other radar in its class, is priced for commercial markets, and has proven to be the best mid-range surveillance radar in the market." Features of the EchoGuard high-performance radar include: True electronic beam-steering with market-leading C-SWaP attributes; Long-range detection with high reliability and accurate tracking of multiple, concurrent air and ground targets; and Easy integration into sensor fusion and security systems for unmatched 3D situational awareness.
The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is equipping the second batch of the German Navy’s K130 corvettes with its TRS-4D Rotator naval radar and its MSSR 2000 I friend-or-foe identification system (IFF). Only six months after the order was placed, the company has now successfully passed the factory acceptance test by the German procurement authority BAAINBw for the second system. “With the TRS-4D, the corvettes are getting an extremely powerful radar system,” said HENSOLDT’s CEO Thomas Müller. “Since we have started to produce our radars in series a short time ago, we have been able to reduce the time required for delivery to our customers considerably.” Order for seven TRS-4D radars On board the new F125 frigate, the TRS-4D is used in a configuration comprising four fixed planar arraysHENSOLDT has orders for seven radars which are intended for five ships and two land-based systems and are to be delivered by 2022. The company had previously equipped the first K130 batch with its proven TRS-3D radar. For the second batch, the TRS-4D has now been ordered to be supplied in a version comprising a mechanically rotating antenna (TRS-4D Rotator), which is also under contract for the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS). On board the new F125 frigate, the TRS-4D is used in a configuration comprising four fixed planar arrays. This radar system is part of a family of products which also includes ground-based air defence radar, TRML-4D. It thus benefits from shorter production cycles, continuous product improvements as well as advantages in stock levels of spare parts and training. Quick detection and tracking of targets The TRS-4D Rotator has been designed to be used for anti-aircraft and anti-surface operations. Its rotating antenna combines mechanical and electronic azimuth scanning, which allows targets to be detected and tracked very quickly. Thanks to its higher sensitivity, the AESA radar allows more precise detection, especially of small and manoeuvering objects, as well as faster confirmation of the target, which means that the ship crew has more time to respond to threats. The system includes an MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for friend-or-foe identification (IFF) The radar can be specifically programmed according to the customer’s needs, and its characteristics can be changed via the software to match new requirements that arise during its useful life. The system also includes an MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for friend-or-foe identification (IFF), which complies with all IFF standards, even the latest ‘Mode S / Mode 5’. This is all the more important as all NATO troops and their allies are currently in the process of converting their IFF systems to Mode 5. The Mode 5 capability enables the troops to take part in joint and combined operations with NATO and other allied forces.
With its capacity of 32 million tons per year and water frontage of 6 kilometres, Chernomorsk sea port is one of the largest transport terminals in Ukraine, providing trade links with more than 100 countries all over the world. This port is a part of Eurasian transport corridor connecting the Western European countries, Ukraine, Georgia and the Asian countries. Its territory embodies the unique multimodal terminal that serves railway-ferry and auto-ferry lines as well as roll-on/roll-off vessels. The mission was to implement round-the-clock monitoring of the port territory and port waters in order to detect violations and prevent them. Monitoring in challenging light conditions PTZ cameras with integrated Axis Lightfinder technology are used for monitoring Experts from Inlimited suggested fitting the port with thermal technology platforms using 11 Axis network thermal cameras aboard (including models with two sensors: optic and thermal). PTZ cameras with integrated Axis Lightfinder technology are used, among others, for monitoring in challenging light conditions with low object contrast or difficult light sources. Thermal network cameras support guard tour function that can be used for continuous monitoring of a particular area according to the preset guard tour. In the context of modernisation, the existing port security system was extended with the following video surveillance solutions: computer-aided continuous visual monitoring of the water frontage, the adjacent port area and the port waters of Sukhyi Estuary, the area along the port perimeter as well as monitoring of vehicles (license plate recognition) and approaches to the mounting locations of the main cameras. Integrated video surveillance Centralised security service control centre offer video analysis capabilities. Video surveillance solutions integrated into a single software and hardware platform provide high-quality digital video real time record and store the archive for a minimum of 30 days. The integrator considered all the challenging conditions that cameras may encounter at sea and in the maritime area Integrated video surveillance and alarm system modernisation project developed by Inlimited Ltd. for Chernomorsk sea port is of strategic importance for the customer since it is aimed at increasing the reliability of the guard tours and critical infrastructure of the port and its entire water area. When developing the architectural concept, the integrator considered all the challenging conditions that cameras may encounter at sea and in the maritime area, such as hurricane hazards, lightning strikes, salt air impact, as well as restricted visibility due to fog, heavy rain, snowfall and direct sunlight. Installation of PTZ network cameras Thermal platforms with Axis PTZ network cameras installed on the top became the ultimate solution for the port. Optical and thermal sensors combined into one system is the specific feature of bispectral modules. With this capability, such a device can substitute a significant number of conventional optical cameras and partially the security alarm system. Hence, the extensive territory of the port was covered by turntables with a total of 11 Axis network cameras: bispectral, optical and outdoor. Due to the intelligent capabilities of Axis network cameras, a real-time detection signal is automatically transferred to operator screen, immediately providing a very clear image of an object and ensuring reliable detection under any visibility and weather conditions. Moreover, the system can also detect suspicious objects even before an intrusion attempt. Recognising person, car or watercraft We chose to go with Axis cameras because they are flexible and yet can be customised to solve particular problems"Automatic systems facilitate the work of security service operators displaying only actual violations, which helps to minimise the percentage of false responses. With this intelligent system, it is possible to immediately recognise a person, car or small-sized watercraft as well as detect possible smoke spread and other abnormal situations. Thus, the security staff has extra time to provide quick response. The video surveillance and alarm system of Chernomorsk sea port is integrated with IP-video control system Milestone Xprotect and vehicle license plate recognition system VIT AutoCode. “We chose to go with Axis cameras because they are flexible and yet can be customised to solve particular problems. Axis network cameras gained an excellent reputation as a part of the video surveillance system currently operating at the port and for this reason, we selected them again for additional security platforms,” noted the Chernomorsk sea port security service.
Videotec has extended its range of cameras that include the new DELUX imaging and encoding technology. It can now be found in models designed for surveillance in the Marine and Oil & Gas sectors, and significantly improves the day and night vision and competitiveness of these products. DELUX imaging and encoding technology After recently being integrated into the ULISSE COMPACT PTZ, DELUX technology is now available across the IP, PTZ and fixed cameras of the ex-proof and Marine lines, namely the MAXIMUS MPX, MVX AND NXPTZ. These models are well regarded on the market for their high-performance levels and operational efficiency in extreme environments and where there is a risk of explosion. DELUX technology brings increased light sensitivity, which means the cameras deliver very high-quality vision during the day or night, with clear high-definition images and incredibly well-defined colours – even in very low light conditions. The improved precision and image clarity provides immediate added value to outdoor surveillance applications Day/Night surveillance The improved precision and image clarity provides immediate added value to outdoor surveillance applications, especially in sensitive areas where the need to identify people, objects, moving vehicles and other events, day or night, is crucial. In addition to improved colour rendering and greater noise reduction, DELUX technology has brought new advanced PTZ performance, namely in the control of speed proportional to zoom and the management of Privacy Masking. High-performance solutions The DELUX technology has been developed end-to-end by Videotec’s R&D team and this has led to considerable reductions to the costs of these new camera models. Videotec’s DELUX products are therefore extremely competitive, and are complete high-performance solutions, reinforcing their prominent position in an increasingly demanding and selective international security market.
Finland’s foreign trade depends on shipping lanes and seaports that are ice-free, so the country operates the world's second-largest fleet of icebreakers. One of the latest ships, called Polaris, is equipped with Bosch video cameras and a Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) that ensure safe operations in some of the roughest cold weather that the planet has to offer. Polaris departs for the Bay of Bothnia – between Finland and Sweden – around the end of each year and stays there until the following May. During this period, the officers and crew under Captain Pasi Järvelin work 12 hours a day, 20 days at a time. The long shifts and challenging working conditions impose tough requirements on occupational safety. Cameras from the MIC series are used on deck, cameras from the FLEXIDOME and DINION series are used inside Bosch HD video cameras For safe, efficient work at sea, the Polaris uses high-definition cameras from Bosch. Cameras from the MIC series are used on deck, cameras from the FLEXIDOME and DINION series are used inside, for example in the engine room and engineering space. “We can investigate incidents by checking the recordings. This reduces the need for routine tours, in person, of various parts of the vessel. The exterior MIC cameras monitor the ice and the vessels for which we are breaking ice; the ones on the stern monitor distances to other vessels. Even under the arctic conditions of the Baltic Sea, the Bosch cameras work perfectly,” says Captain Järvelin. All the cameras and recording equipment are controlled and operated via the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), which is rarely seen in marine applications. Focus, zoom, horizontal- and vertical-pitch features are indispensable, and the MIC cameras have wipers for adverse weather conditions that can be actuated from the bridge. At the top of the mast, a 360-degree MIC IP camera operates flawlessly, even in darkness. Bosch’s MIC IP cameras are ideal for extreme weather. They can stand up to high winds, rain, fog, 100 percent humidity, temperatures as low as -40°C to as high as +65°C, extreme vibrations, high impacts and even corrosion.
Round table discussion
Higher pixel count is better. It’s a basic tenet of the video surveillance market, or at least it is the implication as manufacturers continue to tout their latest products offering ever-higher pixel counts. But the reality is more nuanced, as our Expert Panel Roundtable panelists explain this week. Pixel count shouldn’t be seen as an end unto itself, but rather as a factor in determining what camera is applicable to which application. Pixel count is just one factor of several to consider, and the needs of the application must rule all decisions. We asked this week’s panel: How many megapixels are enough? At what point does additional resolution not matter, or not make economic sense?
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